Word a Day

Word a Day: Brevity

I’m a fan of speaking intelligently, and even eloquently. However, I often run into people who say something along the lines of, “Why people usin’ them big ol’ fancy words and whatnot?” The Word a Day project is where I attempt to do my part in eradicating that sort of mindset, in hopes that we can all grow our vocabularies and learn to express ourselves in more diverse and meaningful ways. Some of these are words I knew before starting this project, some are not. Let’s learn together.

Brevity – concise and exact use of words in writing or speech; shortness of time

noun: brevity

Given that yesterday’s Word a Day entry encapsulated what you feel when someone or something drains you, I thought it best to go with a word that helps you understand the importance of not being someone that enervates another individual, and that word is brevity. Brevity is exactly like a first kiss should be: soft in its approach, timely in its execution, and minimal in its use of tongue. To show brevity is to make a point, and make it quickly. Now, that doesn’t mean you only have so many words to make your point, but you should operate at times as if you’re only allowed to say so many words in your life, and then you die once you’ve finished using them. Go ahead, tell that to your kids and see how they start acting.

Basically, brevity is the exact opposite of that entire paragraph up above.

Brevity can also be used to describe an amount of time that was rather quick or short, like most of my romantic relationships.

Can you use it in a sentence, please?

“The brevity of this encounter could not be more disappointing, dear Jared,” said the supermodel.

Do people actually use this word anymore?


Sort of, but its usage is declining faster than Bush’s approval ratings in a post-9/11 world. (That’s what they call a timely reference in the comedy biz, of which I’m so obviously not a part.)


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